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Replete with practical advice for anyone considering a career in federal, state, or local government, Caught between the Dog and the Fireplug, or How to Survive Public Service conveys what life is really like in a public service job. The book is written as a series of lively, entertaining letters of advice from a sympathetic uncle to a niece or nephew embarking on a government career.
Kenneth Ashworth draws on more than forty years of public sector experience to provide advice on the daily challenges that future public servants can expect to face: working with politicians, bureaucracy, and the press; dealing with unpleasant and difficult people; leading supervisors as well as subordinates; and maintaining high ethical standards. Ashworth relates anecdotes from his jobs in Texas, California, and Washington, D.C., that illustrate with humor and wit fundamental concepts of public administration.
Be prepared, says Ashworth, to encounter all sorts of unexpected situations, from the hostile to the bizarre, from the intimidating to the outrageous. He shows that in the confrontational world of public policymaking and program implementation, a successful career demands disciplined, informed thought, intellectual and personal growth, and broad reading. He demonstrates how, despite the inevitable inefficiencies of a democratic society, those working to shape policy in large organizations can nonetheless effect significant change-and even have fun along the way.
The book will interest students and teachers of public administration, public affairs, policy development, leadership, or higher education administration. Ashworth's advice will also appeal to anyone who has ever been caught in a tight spot while working in government service.
October: Working with politicians
November: Working with the press
December: Learning from your boss
January: Dealing with unpleasant and difficult people
February: More on unpleasant people
March: Subordinate leadership, getting help from above
April: Taking the initiative, or risk taking inside government
May: The kinds of pressures and influence used on you
September: Relations with a governing board
October: More on governing boards
November: Bona fide bureaucratic behavior
December: "Walking with kings"
January: Delegating, or working for your subordinates
February: Ethics and morality in public service
March: A few thoughts on leadership
April: A summing up
Posted May 10, 2010
Dr. Ashworth's lively and inspirational work is a contemporary and welcome guide to the myriad aspects of what it takes to be successful in a career of service to the public. Throughout this apolitical work, Professor Ashworth cool-handedly (although clearly passionately devoted) describes how to survive and thrive in a bureaucracy and be a true civil servant.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.